ANGELES CITY --- The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has expressed full support to the resumption of the peace negotiations with all armed groups in the country specifically the leftist National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF).

The LCP, under the leadership of Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan (president) and Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano (chairperson), stated that the attainment of peace in the country is one of the priority policies of President Duterte

The league said that the "protracted people's war being waged for more than 46 years has resulted in the displacement of tens of thousands of rural folks specifically the Indigenous Peoples, fisher-folks, farmers and farm workers, and the rural poor, in general."

Pamintuan and Cayetano disclosed that President Duterte is determined to end the armed conflict by addressing its root causes of poverty, injustice, lack of opportunities for the poor, exploitation of the basic sectors perpetuated by the elite/oligarchs.

"President Duterte has also shown more than enough goodwill by declaring a unilateral ceasefire during his first SONA and supporting the petitions to bail of the detained consultants of the NDF for them to be able to join the peace talks in Oslo, Norway this August 22 to 27, 2016. For its part, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines has announced that it will be announcing a ceasefire during the Oslo talks," they added.

The LCP also pointed-out that the peace talks could learn from the positive experiences of other countries specifically in Guatemala and El Salvador which led to the signings of the Chapultepec Peace Accords on January 16, 1992 in Mexico City and the Guatemelan Peace Agreement on December 29, 1996 in Guatemala City, respectively.

Pamintuan, who has been named as adviser to the Philippine negotiating panel representing the local government units, and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista will be travelling to Norway next week to attend the peace negotiations.